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09.09.2016
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The New MR & Mrs Kennedy A stunning wedding at The Belsfield Hotel Bowness Saturday 25th June 2016 I had the great pleasure of entertaining Laura McLeod and Mike Kennedy for their stunning Lake District wedding. I had originally been recommended to them by Lauras brother in law Phil whom I went to sixth form college with along with Laura's sister Natalie. They got in contact and then booked my Platinum package. Through the planning process I met with Mike and Laura twice to ensure we had all the details in place and that the day would run smoothly. They live local to me so this was easy to arrange and great to get to know them a bit before the big day. The morning of the wedding it was pouring down in Wigan and as I set off I was hoping for a change in weather for the bride and Groom, off to the Lakes I went. I arrived at the venue The Belsfield Laura Ashley Hotel nice and early and the weather was mixed to say the least. Beautiful sunshine as I arrived and then soon after the guests arrived from the church it began to rain.  The venue was brilliant with stunning decor (as you would expect from laura Ashley) and really friendly and helpful staff. The church was only a short walk away from the hotel and as guests walked up the hill through the gardens they were greeted by the smooth sound of Jesus on Sax. During the drinks reception we were treated to some great Jazz music perfectly accented by Jesus. The rain didn't hold off for long but it didn't dampen the spirit of the day, photo provided by Pixies in the Cellar We then moved through to the wedding breakfast where the room had been beautifully dressed in white by http://www.eadenfloristry.co.uk/  To welcome the wedding party into the room Mike and Laura had chosen the music, Jubel by Kinglande and as I introduced the groomsmen followed by the bridesmaids and then of course the happy couple Jesus accompanied the track with his live Sax playing which create an awesome atmosphere. Before we got the wedding breakfast underway we started proceedings with the speeches. They were fantastic and the character assasination of the groom started right from the start, with Father of the Bride who made sure Mike and his best men had a great act to follow. After the speeches it was my turn to entertain with a mix of classic Swing tracks and some more lively interactive songs to get the guests involved. You know you are in for a good day when the guests are singing along from the first song. I also had the pleasure of meeting a star of the future who sang for the ceremony Instead of wedding favours Laura had the great idea of spending the money on some bigger prizes and we had a raffle after the meal. This is the first time I had seen a raffle at a wedding but must admit it was brilliant, instead of everyone getting the usual bag of almonds or small bottle of spirts there were prizes ranging from SPA days to bottles of Champagne. It was also a great opportunity to get the kids involved in picking out the winning tickets.  The evening reception took place in a different room in the hotel and so whilst guests were waiting for the evening to commence they were entertained once again by Jesus on Sax along with my friends from Augustus Gloops who provided the Chocholate Fountain. Me and Sax player JesusWe started the evening reception with the first dance, Mike and Laura had requested that I sing Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran and I was accompanied with Jesus on Sax which added a great twist to the song. First dance pic provided by Pixies in the cellarGuests then danced into the early hours and we had an amazing party. I would like to take this oppertunity to wish Mike and Laura all the very best for the future and many years of happiness as Mr & Mrs Kennedy. To find out more about what I can offer for your wedding day check out my website www.JohnNorcott.co.uk or my entertainment agency site www.Ntertain.co.uk The wedding video was created by Moviart Wedding Films http://www.lancashireweddingvideo.co.uk/ Michael & Laura Belsfield Hotel Wedding Film from Moviart Films on Vimeo.
It was great to be back at one of my favourite venues for the wedding of Nicola Armson and James Alexander. Nicola and James originally met me at a wedding open evening at Rivington Hall Barn, back in early 2015 and decided to book my Gold Entertainment Package. This package includes entertainment from the wedding breakfast through until the end of the evening, including live singing, acting as wedding host and full request DJ service.  I set off from home nice and early because the weather was terrible, the rain was so heavy I was drenched just walking from my house to the van but they do say its lucky to have rain on your wedding day. When I arrived at the barn it was still pouring down and the front carpark had a steady stream running downhill. Luckily guests were nice a dry under the new conservatory that has been constructed over the past few months. The conservatory has glass folding doors and looks out over the new patio area and Hall Gardens and so offers a versatile space regardless of the weather conditions.  When guests came into the barn from the drinks reception ready for the wedding breakfast they checked this unique bycicle table plan to find out where they were seated.   Each table was named after a brand of motorcycle manufacturer including Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki etc. There were nice touches throughout the venue including this gift table. Once guests were seated I announced in the new Mr and Mrs Alexander who entered to the dramatic overture of the Star Wars theme tune, which was met to rapturous applause and cheers. We began proceedings with the speeches so that the top table could relax and enjoy their meal without stressing about having the speeches after the food. To start off I introduces Mike Armson to make the first speech as brother of the bride. He delivered a fantastic and personal poem which he written himself. The poem was both heartfelt and amusing and I felt fitted the occasion perfectly. Mike finished his speech by sharing a rather fetching picture of groom James dressed as Princess Leah I then introduced groom James who was to respond to Mike. Although he seemed calm and collected he admitted that he was now more nervous after hearing Mikes fantastic display. He needn't have been nervous though because he delivered his speech clearly and with just the right amount of sentiment and humour. Then it was time for the best Men first Amin stepped up and got underway with the character assassination. As you can see he used visual aids and some great pictures. The pictures got steadily worse for James but I must say Amid did also add some fun anecdotes from when him and James lived in Manchester followed with some heartfelt words to finish off. Next it was time for Richard. When I first met Richard he seemed quiet and a little nervous. I was soon in for a shock once he stepped up for his speech. The character assassination was quickfire and with little restraint. Luckily the bride and groom took his anecdotes in good humour and he rounded off with some compliments for both Nicola and James. Then it was my turn to entertain, I sang a mixture of swing and easy listening tracks through the starter. Photo provided by Rick Dell Photography  In between courses I had the whole room with their arms in the air singing along to Can't Take My Eyes Off You and Sweet Caroline. Photo provided by Rick Dell Photography It’s always fun entertaining the kids especially big kids that are for to cool for school lol. Photo provided by Rick Dell Photography After the wedding breakfast we turned the room round ready for the evening reception. This involved me setting up my lighting rig, DFC provided a white LED dance floor and Sunshine Events set up the Photo Booth.  We kicked off the evening reception with the cake cutting and then Nic and James danced to Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud for their first dance.  The wedding party and guests joined the bride and groom on the dancefloor. After a fish and chips supper it was time for me to get guests up on the dance-floor for my upbeat party set including songs like Uptown Funk, Shut Up and Dance and Sex On Fire. These people knew how to party :-) Once I had finished singing I then provided a full request DJ service and the requests came in thick and fast. Ranging from Rock to 90's pop the dancefloor was well used throughout the night.  I had an amazing day entertaining the new Mr and Mrs Alexander and would like to wish them many happy years together. I would also like to say a big thank you to all the team at Rivington Hall Barn, who as always looked after me and ensured the wedding went perfectly. For more info about the venue see their website www.rivingtonhallbarn.co.uk  A special mention must go to Rick Dell who is a superb photographer, even with unsettled weather he managed to capture amazing pictures and was a real pleasure to work with. Checkout his website http://rickdellphotography.co.uk/ If you would like any further info about my wedding entertainment, see my website www.JohnNorcott.co.uk
22.06.2016
John Norcott
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How to pick a first dance song. Picking a first dance song is an important part of the wedding planning process. We naturally associate music with important times in our lives, most people will remember favorite songs from family parties as a child and songs from when they were at school. We all have songs that remind us of sad times maybe from a funeral or just a song that reminds us of friends or times gone by. It stands to reason that music plays an important part in this special occasion. I get asked on a regular basis to recommend songs for a first dance. This is difficult because the first dance is a very personal moment for most couples. My wife Fanny and I had our song Heaven by DJ Sammy (Candlelight Mix) which was from when we met on the cruise ship. Each evening after work we would head up to the Midnight Sun lounge which was where the disco was held and we would often dance to that song. As our wedding was a fusion between a Scandinavian (Fanny is Swedish) and a traditional English wedding I sang a song as part of my speech now this song was chosen for a completely different reason. I was looking for songs to record in the studio and when I heard the lyris I felt that it perfectly summed up my feelings for Fanny and so decided to incorporate it into out celebrations. The song was Amazed by Lonestar which has also made it into my top ten. So whether you choose your song due to experiences or through the sentiment of the lyrics it is your choice. Here is my top ten list of wedding first dance songs that I get requested to sing live. I will follow this top ten with a list of top ten original recording wedding first dance songs. 10. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars So in reverse order I start my top 10 with a great song from Bruno Mars that he released back in 2010 with wedding songs you often find songs that were popular 5-6 years prior to the wedding are chosen for first dance songs and so this is having a bit of a revival at the moment. 9. The Way You Look Tonight - Michael Buble / Frank Sinatra At number 9 I have the Frank Sinatra classic The Way You Look Tonight, it is a beautiful romantic song which was also covered by Michael Buble. It was interesting when I did some research on the origins to the song to find that it has been covered many times and that Frank Sinatra didn't record the original. Fred Astaire performed it originally in the film Swing Time back in 1936 and it received an Academy Awards for Best Original Song. 8. Marry You - Bruno Mars Number 8 in my top ten wedding first dance songs is another from Bruno Mars and his appropriatly titled Marry You. This is another song from his very popular Doo-Wops & Hooligans album from 2010. I haven't recorded this song as yet. 7. Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel Number 7 on my wedding song request list, is the same name as number 10 but a very different song. Released in 1977 on his album The Stranger the song also went on to win record of the year in the 1979 Grammy Awards. PS: As you may notice I had a bit of fun when recording this video please don't take me seriously because I don't lol. 6. All Of Me - John Legend At 6 we have a very popular first dance song and I think if it wasn't for Ed Sheeran releasing Thinking Out Loud soon after its release it would have been higher in the request list. John Legends lyrics are heartfelt and perfect for a first dance song.  5. Amazed - Lonestar Number five in my list of wedding first dance songs was released back in 1999, and as I said earlier featured on my wedding day as part of my speech I sang this live. The lyrics are amazing and I think this will be a standard first dance song for years to come. 4. Heaven - DJ Sammy (Candlelight Mix) Growing up I was a big Bryan Adams fan and so loved the original version of this song which was released when I was just 4 in 1984. DJ Sammy and DJ Yanou reworked the song into a dance hit with vocals provided by Dutch singer Do in 2001. Reaching number 1 in the UK charts and selling over 600,000 to reach Platinum status. The candlelight mix is a stripped down ballad version of the song and a song that my wife Fanny and I had at our wedding. Here is the recording that I made that we danced to.  3. Lets Stay Together - Al Green Into the top three wedding first dance songs that I get requested to sing is this classic by Al Green, Lets Stay Together.  I am due to record this song next time I am in the studio so keep checking back to my website if you would like to hear it. 2. The One - Kodaline For some people this song may have slipped under the radar, it was released by the Dublin based alternative rock band in February 2015 and only reached numer 27 in the UK singles charts. I can't help thinking this should have been released a couple of months later as the lyrics are ideal for a first dance song and it would have probably gained a higher chart position. Its appeal to many is the fact that the sentiment is perfect and yet it is not as mainstream as Thinking Out Loud.  1. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran At number 1 of my most requested wedding first dance songs is Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. The video to this song is brilliant and Ed even learnt how to ballroom dance to add to the appeal. The song has won many awards including a Grammy Award for Song of the year 2016 and went Platinum in 13 countries! It remained in the UK top 40 for 19 weeks peaking at number 1 in November 2014. Apparently the song was written in just 20 mins with Amy Wadge as they had been discussing everlasting love. I think this song is going to remain very popular for many years to come. So that concludes my top ten requested first dance songs. I hope this has given you some inspiration for choosing your own song. If you would like to ask any questions or would like to find out more about how I can help you create the perfect wedding day checkout my website www.JohnNorcott.co.uk  I would also like to give a special mention to the following people for their help in producing my songs and videos. Simon Kearsley & Anne Pattison from Creative Camera for producing the videos for The One and Thinking Out Loud John Kettle for recording; The Way You Look Tonight, Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel, All Of Me, The One & Thinking Out Loud. Matt Hutchison aka ortoPilot for recording Just the way you are - Bruno Mars and Heaven.
21.06.2016
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18th June 2016 the wedding of Lisa Hornby and Jonathon Burke. Lisa and Jonny booked me following a fantastic wedding two years ago between their friends Iain and Fiona Hamer. The wedding took place at Eaves Hall near Clitheroe in Lancashire. It was a wedding that will stay in my memory forever. What a party we had, I sang during the drinks reception in the doorway to the hotel and then we started the party before the starters were finished. People sang, danced and I was even asked by the venue to get people to sit down and stop dancing so they could serve lol. After Lisa and Jonny had seen this wedding the pressure was on to create the same atmosphere for their wedding day.  Iain and Fiona Hamers wedding 2014 Eaves Hall Clitheroe. As you can see from the pictures above I needed to make sure we had another fantastic wedding. During the planning process for Lisa and Jonnys wedding the instructions were very simple, we want to party! Lisa is a big Michael Buble fan and I knew if their guests were anything like Iain and Fionas and large helping of singalong songs and some indie classics would go down a storm. I arrived nice and early to Bartle Hall which is only 40 minutes from home to set up for the drinks reception which would take place outside overlooking the lawn. The weather was a bit overcast but I felt that it was warm enough to be outside so took the risk hoping that it wouldn't rain. I took a sneak peek at the room set up ready for the wedding breakfast. It looked fantastic and perfectly in keeping with the venue.  The little touches added a real sense of style and attention to detail. I thought the table plan was really different and matched the theme brilliantly. The outdoor games were in place for the kids (and big kids). I was interested to see how many would turn up to the wedding breakfast covered in grass stains. The guests began to arrive at 14.15 and so after hearing the bride and groom were running a bit late due to traffic got underway with singing for the drinks reception. With a mix of swing and easy listening music I was there to provide a musical backdrop for people to chat about the wedding and catch up with friends and family. It was great to meet some of the guests before I started singing as it gave me some insight into the kind of people that were attending. I had a good feeling about this bunch and was having a banter within minutes Steve, Kev and Ryan were clearly up for a laugh which always helps to have some victims lined up lol. Once the bride and groom arrived they were whisked away by the photographer and I then moved my equipment into the room ready for the wedding breakfast. I announced the bride and groom into the room and the place erupted, guests whistled, cheered and clapped the new Mr and Mrs Burke into the wedding breakfast in style to the sound of Stevie Wonder Signed Sealed Delivered. Once sat down it was time to get the party started. I kicked off my set with a swing version of Wonderwall and people were singing as soon as the lyrics kicked in and they realised what song it was. From that point until the desserts guests were, smiling, singing and laughing along with me. It was a real pleasure to be part of such a fantastic day and Lisa and Jonnys friends and family were clearly here to celebrate. Special mention should be made for bridesmaids Michelle and Sarah. Michelle had me in stiches before I even started by asking me to play "that Whitney Houston song" which one? "you know... baby love" what you mean by Diana Ross and the Supremes? "yeah that one!" The were good sports and were not shy when the microphone was near. I also want to mention the best men, Leon and Ryan. I could tell the Ryan was pretty confident and pretty unfazed about delivering a speech, Leon on the other hand was almost camping in the men's room. I had a bit of friendly banter with them both during the meal and even got Ryan singing. After singing through the starter and mains I took a short break before announcing the speeches. First up was Rick father of the bride, his speech was heartfelt and well presented. Next up was groom Jonny, for someone who comes across as very confident you could tell he was a little nervous to start with but once he got into his stride he had us laughing along and he even had a few tears in the room. Then we had one of the best men Leon as I said before he was sooo nervous but wow he delivered. I think everyone in the room was expecting him to be pretty nervy in his speech and yet he delivered it brilliantly even getting some big laughs especially for me with his joke about the honeymoon destination being Wales lol. Ryan followed with a confident speech with Leon assisting by holding up some large photographs to help portray the stories. I had a great day a Bartle Hall and was well looked after as always. Big thank you to Lisa and Jonny for booking me and I hope to see you both soon. It was also great to catch up with Iain and Fiona and was really nice to hear that they are trying to think of another excuse to book me for a special occasion. To find out how I can help you create a great atmosphere for your wedding checkout my website www.JohnNorcott.co.uk
20.06.2016
John Norcott
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Wednesday 15th June 2016 saw over 200 of the wedding industries finest suppliers, descend upon the Imperial War Museum in Manchester. The awards evening was the sixth annual North West Wedding Awards organised by County Brides Magazine, and as always they pulled off another impressive evening with a fabulous venue, great entertainment and supporting a worthy charity. A few weeks prior to the event I had been notified that I had achieved a finalist position in two categories. Personally I had achieved finalist in the Best Entertainment Act category and my company Ntertain was a finalist in the Best Entertainment Agency category.  We spent a long time online looking for hotel rooms etc but Manchester seemed to be pretty much booked up due to concerts from The Stone Roses and Elton John taking place on the same evening. We decided to pre book a taxi instead and booked our tickets. We arrived at the impressive Imperial War Museum just after 7pm and made our way after the obligatory selfie outside. Once inside we had our photo taken via the Magic Mirror Booth and received our welcome drink. We were joined on our picture by Aaron Lomax from The Live Piano Experience. So from left to right we have Aaron then my wife Fanny and then me on the right. We checked the themed table plan and found that we were sat on the Doodlebug table with our friends The Live Piano Experience  along with YSD media.  The evening began with Robin Kershaw from DFC (Formally known as Dancefloor Couture) hosting the evening giving a welcome speech and introducing this years charity which was the British Legion. To start off the fund raising photographer Gillian Devine had donated 8 photo shoot packages and so we jumped at the chance of having some family photos taken by Gillian. We then enjoyed a three course meal washed down with a few bottles of wine. It was then time for the raffle and auction. I was interested in the signed Manchester United ball but was out bid by Tracy from Cheshire Bridalwear Grrr! Lol Then it was time for the awards! After a number of awards it came to the Best Entertainment Act award, I won back in 2013 and since then Jennie Sawdon and The Live Piano Experience had beaten me to the top position so in all honesty I really wasn't expecting to win. When Robin read out my name as the winner I was in shock. I was absolutley delighted. It means so much to know that people have taken time to vote for me and obviously appreciate the service that I had given them on their wedding day.  We had an awesome night after the awards, the band UTC were fantastic and played just about every floorfiller I can think of. The Lanson Champagne was reduced to £30 a bottle so it would have been rude not to have a bottle. We then danced like crazy people and enjoyed the atmosphere. Robin Kershaw from DFC finished off the night with a set on the decks. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that voted and made this acheivement possible, my wife, kids and parents for all their support and for Duane and Dawn Thornborough for organising a fabulous evening. I am looking forward to entertaining couples on their special day for many years to come.  Don't forget to checkout my website www.JohnNorcott.co.uk 
12.06.2016
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So Saturday night saw the opening game in EURO 2016 for England and after watching the Wales game I was slightly frustrated that I couldn't crack open a beer and enjoy the England game. But I was booked to perform at Stephen and Rachael's wedding and so my professional head went on and I headed over to Ashfield House in Standish Wigan which is nice and local for me. The weather was warm with a constant drizzle of rain and I was wondering how the football match would affect the wedding. I should have known better, Wigan is a Rugby League town and so very few were even enquiring about the score. When I arrived they were underway with speeches and so I had a short wait before set up. It was great to catch up with fellow suppliers Jack the photographer from www.projectvalentine.co.uk and Paul & Connor from ICE entertainment who provided the White LED dancefloor. Once we gained access to the room we set up quickly and had proceedings underway by 8pm. The cake cut and first dance took place at 8,45pm and I must say the choice for first dance was a song that was unfamiliar to me when Rachel and Stephen asked for it but it was perfect see below the link to the original song on youtube. Wedding First dance song: Us the Duo - No Matter Where You Are First dance The first dance led into my first live singing set and wow what a fantastic group of people, they were up dancing from begining to end. I started the set with a swing version of Wonderwall and even had a number of requests including Things Can Only Get Better by D-Ream, Human by the Killers and Sweet Caroline. Jack was on hand to take pictures throughout, see a slideshow of the wedding on the link below. Here is a slide show of the day / night from photographer Jack from www.projectvalentine.co.uk  https://www.facebook.com/projectvalentinephotography/videos/1011168375587305/ Wedding singer  During my live sets people were dancing throughout. It always helps when the Bride and Groom get up on the dance floor and Rachel and Stephen did not disappoint. The whole evening was great fun and had a real family feel with all generations getting involved and dancing. It was a real pleasure to play my part in helping Rachael and Stephen to have a fabulous wedding. Everyone at Ashfield house were really helpful and their attention to detail was fantastic. I hope to be back very soon.For more info about the entertainment I proved checkout mywebsite www.johnnorcott.co.uk 
11.06.2016
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The Websters Marquee wedding June 2016 Well last Saturday I was entertaining at the wedding of Jenny Robinson and Joe Webster and what a wedding it was. I arrived early to set up and the setting was stunning. The marquee was provided by Cheshire Marquees and was in the grounds of Taylors Farm. The view was across acres of corn fields and the weather was hot.  Jenny and Joe booked me at a wedding fair back in 2014 at Barton Grange and they had chosen my Platinum wedding entertainment package. My first set would be a mix of swing and easy listening music whilst guests arrived for a drinks reception, so I set up outside the marquee. There was a bar serving Pimms or beers and the sun shone brightly. If only every wedding could be like this, it was like I was on holiday rather than working. Next it was time for the wedding breakfast but the heat was intense inside so the groomsmen removed the sides of the marquee to let some breeze through and it allowed uninterrupted views of the stunning countryside which only added to the beautifully dressed marquee.  I announced for guests to make their way in for the wedding breakfast and to check their place settings on the very creative seating plan. You may not be able to see it properly on this picture but the seating plan was a series of frames hung on the marquee next to the large mirror.  I announced the speeches before the meal so that the guys could relax and enjoy their meal. All three speeches were a perfect blend of heartfelt sentiment and amusing anecdotes. The best men's speech (two best men) was superb. They worked well together bouncing between each other with amusing stories from Joes past. I had my small part to play by adding some sound clips in the appropriate moments, the 9-5 dance will stick with me forever lol and their wedding gift for Joe was awesome see the Riliant Robin below. I sang around the tables during the meal and had everyone joining in and singing along. There were certainly some characters and poor Caroline got stitched up with some Neil Diamond :-). After the meal guests had some time to get outside and enjoy the weather, before I announced them in for the cake cutting and first dance. The dance floor had been concealed behind a reveal and I must say the light up letters were fabulous. After the hog roast it was time for my upbeat set including counting stars, Shut up and dance and uptown funk which got people on the dance floor. For the rest of the evening I was on DJ duties and played a mix of requests ranging from Mumford and Sons, Calvin Harris and 90s dance music. We finished the evening with Wonderwall followed by Never Forget. This was an incredibly well organised wedding and it was a real pleasure to be a part of what was a stunning day. Big thanks to Joe and Jenny for booking me and to their family and friends for making it a truly memorable day.  www.JohnNorcott.co.uk
14.04.2016
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Father of the bride dance. A wedding is a celebration and often an emotional day for close family members so don't forget to include them in the proceedings. It is traditional to have a Father of the Bride dance, this is usually a song that means something to both Father and Daughter and can be a very special and emotional part of the day. There is a song by an american band Heartland called "I Loved Her First" that fits the moment perfectly if you haven't already picked a song as the lyrics really encapsulate the moment. Here are the lyrics: Look at the two of you dancing that wayLost in the moment and each others faceSo much in love you're alone in this placeLike there's nobody else in the worldI was enough for her not long agoI was her number oneShe told me soAnd she still means the world to meJust so you knowSo be careful when you hold my girlTime changes everythingLife must go onAnd I'm not gonna stand in your way But I loved her first and I held her firstAnd a place in my heart will always be hersFrom the first breath she breathedWhen she first smiled at meI knew the love of a father runs deepAnd I prayed that she'd find you somedayBut it's still hard to give her awayI loved her first How could that beautiful woman with youBe the same freckle face kid that I knewThe one that I read all those fairy tales toAnd tucked into bed all those nightsAnd I knew the first time I saw you with herIt was only a matter of time But I loved her first and I held her firstAnd a place in my heart will always be hersFrom the first breath she breathedWhen she first smiled at meI knew the love of a father runs deepAnd I prayed that she'd find you somedayBut it's still hard to give her awayI loved her first When I discuss wedding arrangements with couples they often say that they don't want to be left swaying for too long on the dance-floor during their first dance. With this in mind if the bride wants to dance with her father as well, I suggest that they do this first. It works really well because they become the focal point and then at the end of the dance the father of the bride can then hand over his daughter to her new husband for their first dance together. This creates a symbolic moment for the photographer to capture and ensures that proceedings run smoothly into the next section. If the father of the bride and bride don't want to be centre of attention another option would be to do the following. Start the first dance, after maybe 2 mins have your singer or DJ invite up the wedding party to the dance-floor to join the happy couple straight after the first dance have another song ready where bride and groom can go and dance with their parents creating a less intense moment and yet keeping the sentiment and tradition there. When choosing a song for either the father daughter dance or even your first dance make sure you listen carefully to the lyrics. The title of the song doesn't always tell the true story of what the song is about. For example the song by Luther Vandross "Dance with my father" even though the title sounds perfect is not a good choice when you listen to the lyrics. The song is actually about how he wishes his mother could dance with his father again who has passed away. Another example is Adele "Someone like you" the title sounds great and yet the song is about splitting up with someone but not worrying because one day she will find someone else like you. (Probably not the best first dance choice.) If you would like to discuss options for your first dance or to get more suggestions for your father daughter wedding dance please get in touch john@johnnorcott.co.uk www.JohnNorcott.co.uk

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